Devotional Thoughts:

Dig Deeper
 

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Dave Lyman


The first king of Israel, King Saul, was told by God to kill Amalek and all of his descendants. Saul did not go all the way.  He partially obeyed God by allowing Agag, the king of the Amalekites and the best of the cattle to remain alive. The following day, Saul tried to cover up his disobedience by attempting to sacrifice the best of the cattle to the Lord.

However, Samuel informed Saul that because of his disobedience, his family would no longer reign over Israel, and he told Saul, “to obey is better than sacrifice.” If offering the “best of the cattle” for sacrifice was a poor excuse for disobedience, its negative consequences must have paled in comparison with sparing the Amalekite King – whose infamous descendant Haman, an Agagite (Esther 3:1) later rose to power seeking to destroy the entire Jewish population of Persia.

If Saul had killed Agag as God instructed him, he would have spared his people, many years later, from Haman’s attempt to destroy them. So it is with sin.  Don’t compromise. God want your full obedience!

“Take no prisoners” when dealing with sin!   1 Peter 2_11-12 “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-6  “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.”

 
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